Certified ghetto lovers

Not only is their music together great, but their storytelling forms a crucial part of understanding the social economics of life and love in the ghetto, and their new album is testament to this.

14 May 2021 | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE







WINDHOEK

With the release of their joint album ‘Ghetto Love’ last week, tjil got to chat to Namibian superstars TopCheri and Manxebe about the mechanics of this album and what they intend to achieve with it.

On the making of ‘Ghetto Love’, TopCheri shared that they started recording it in December but had to press pause because they both had individual projects that demanded their attention.

With the theme being ghetto love, TopCheri said the album is not much of a life lesson.

“The album is for those wanting to get away from the things of this world. You can dance to it, you can think to it and it allows a lot of meditation,” she said.

They worked with Andrew On The Beat, Vuyo, Bexxa and DJs Kbozz and Flow.

“We only had three features because Manxebe writes on eight bars and in most cases, we can’t fit people on features,” she said.

National tour in the pipeline

TopCheri confirmed that the album will be complemented with visuals, with one already in the pipeline.

On the rollout plan, they intend to go on a national tour, saying so many towns have reached out but they want to plan accordingly and not just show up. The whole calendar will be shared in due course, they said.

On the place of collaborative albums in the current music climate, TopCheri said they’re important. “It’s double the efforts, double the work and triple the money,” she added.

By now you should know who Manxebe is and the sort of damage he has been doing in the game. With songs like ‘Gusheshe’ and ‘Omapendafule’, it’s hard not to notice him. He told tjil this album was meant to drop last year but it was important for him to drop his solo album first.

“I have worked with TopCheri on numerous songs before so it was easy working with her and also not rush the process because we have a great working relationship.

“We do not make music for ourselves but for the people. Look out for the ‘Ethanje’ music video which drops today,” he announced.

Manxebe also shared that the album is available at all local music shops, including Antonio’s Art.

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